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Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau

Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau Photo: WDIO, File

DAVID EGGERT Associated Press
Created: August 05, 2020 12:57 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The governor on Wednesday also created an advisory council of Black leaders and asked the state health department to make health equity a major goal.

Black people account for about 39% of Michigan’s nearly 6,500 confirmed and probable deaths related to COVID despite making up 14% of the population.
 

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